BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Led by Director Barbara Retzko, the Ridge High School Concert Choir turned out another crowd-pleasing performance on March 10 at this year's "Cabaret 2016."
Ninety students participated in the program, which included performances that drew in the entire cast - such as "Circle of Life," featuring a drum circle.
There were also duets or other more intimate songs. Among those: Seniors Duncan Roberts and John Pinto, who played guitar, presented the Beatles' hit "I Saw Her Standing There" from "I Want to Hold Your Hand."
There were many highlights during the 14th annual Cabaret. The whole cast performed (and reprised as the show's finale) the song "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." Some of the students featured in that song were senior Sam Prentiss as Bert; RHS teacher, Ms. Danielle Presuto as Mary Poppins; and junior Paige Smyth as Mrs. Corry, with choreography by Jessica Burchett, Hannah Kolarik and Justine Mastro.
The drum circle in "Circle of Life" from the musical, "The Lion King," was led by Chris Ayers, Jessica Burchett, Jack Fiocco, Raveesh Koul, Evelyne Labelle, Justine Mastro, AJ Pandey, Alex Pritchard, and Paige Smyth. Some of the singers literally took flight "Bird Kites" (donated by senior Alex Pritchard) near the end. That piece was choreographed by seniors Jillian Haggard, Caitlin Murray, Daniele Campbell, and Peyton Kennedy.
The ever-popular 'Officer Krupke" from "West Side Story" was back this spring, performed by the males in the choir. It featured senior John Pinto as Action, Rahul Mirchandani as Diesel, Timmy Morrow as Arab, Tommy Martinson as Baby John and Raveesh Koul as Officer Krupke.
This year's Cabaret was dubbed a "smash hit" audience members, with many spectators describing it as "better than Broadway."
The following week, members of the Board of Education and Township Committee both mentioned they had seen the performance, and gave the show kudos.